The Clown Doctors North East is a programme produced by TIN Arts and funded by The Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF).  The Clown Doctors visit Ward 23 and PICU at the Children’s Heart Unit Freeman Hospital (Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), twice a week, engaging with young people of all ages.

TIN Arts and CHUF have been working together, to explore the opportunities around engaging with Heart Heroes at home and had initiated the ‘Beyond the Walls’ pilot; a piece of research exploring how The Clown Doctors could connect virtually with Heart Hero children in their communities.  Our work became acutely relevant once isolation and subsequently lockdown commenced, as a result of the COVID 19 crisis. We knew we had to act fast, to reach out to children and young people across the Country who, as a result of to their Heart conditions, were self-isolating and in need of distraction, entertainment and light relief!

We are delighted to bring you The Beat Squad.  A tailor made online platform, with videos to watch, activities to engage with and ideas of things to do.  We have developed The Beat Squad online community for Heart Heroes; however, we are mindful that ALL children and young people are living through extraordinary and uncertain times and therefore want to reach out to you all.

Produced by TIN Arts

Passionate about dance and the performing Arts and the difference these make to people’s lives.
TIN Arts initiated the first North East Clown Doctors programme in 2005 with support from Arts Council England and continue to produce the programme today.

Created and performed by the Clown Doctors

The Clown Doctors visit sick children at the Freeman Hospital to support them through what can be a traumatic and frightening time.

Fear, boredom, loss of control and other insecurities can adversely affect children in hospitals, and the Clown Doctors offer an impartial way of entertaining, supporting and empowering the children who may be struggling with these issues.

Performing arts such as storytelling, music, improvisation and clowning are used to engage the children and to help them come to terms with their situation using humour and play

Funded by CHUF

The Children’s Heart Unit Fund
CHUF’s mission is to make life better for children and young people who are born with or who develop heart conditions by providing lifelong support to them and their families. CHUF supports children and families who receive treatment at the Children’s Heart Unit based at the Freeman Hospital and the many other hospitals providing care for cardiac patients throughout the North of England.
All material performed by The Clown Doctors unless stated otherwise

The Clown Doctors:

Dr Johan Cherrywolf – Pady O’Connor / Dr Finlay Fundango – Dafe Bullock / Dr Jemima Jamjuggle – Karen Bell / Dr Melanie Mughugger  – Elena Joy Miller / Dr Lulu McDoo – Laura Lindow / Dr Tammy Teacosy – Alison McGowan / Dr Poppy Sneezitoff – Rosa Stourac McCreery / Dr Satsuma Sprocket – Ruth Johnson

Lead Artist for the Beat Squad: Laura Lindow

Possibles: Written by Laura Lindow

The Lion and the Mouse: Written by Ruth Johnson

Monkey and Me: Written by Emily Gravet. Published by Two Hoots; Main Market edition (4 Jan. 2008)

Animation Creation information pdf: Created by Sheryl Jenkins

Animation: Finding your Feet: Created by Ruth Johnson

Ward 23 Playroom Challenge: ‘Daffodil Poem’ Written by Karen Bell and Dafe Bullock. Virtual Tour produced by 3D Virtual Spaces.

“Where is Dr Cherrywolf?”:  Performed / Created and Written By Pady O’Connor. Designed and Edited By Emma Tilney, (MeeMee Theatre).


Clown Doctors Producer: Nuritza Daghlian

The Beat Squad website design and build: Jo Turner

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